How Therapeutic Massage Can Be a Great Addition to Your Treatment:
Medical massage can be tailored to your individual health needs
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Massage is best known as a way to help you relax and relieve stress. A gentle, soothing massage can reduce stress, relieve muscle aches, improve your sleep and improve your mood.
But massage goes way beyond mere relaxation. A medical, or therapeutic, massage might help you with more serious medical issues.
Massage therapy in a clinical or hospital setting is given by licensed professionals who are trained to find and focus on problem areas. This therapeutic type of massage involves more focused work on your body's soft tissue - the muscles, tendons and ligaments that move and support your body.
Your physician, chiropractor, or physical therapist might recommend that you receive a therapeutic massage to complement other therapies you are receiving to treat a particular area of your body. Or, you may not be getting the results you want from other traditional treatments. Receiving massage therapy on a regular basis may help in these instances.
Easing your discomfort and pain
A massage therapist can work on a number of medical issues that are either chronic - meaning it lasts a long time - or acute - which means something that has happened recently.
These issues can include:
- Repetitive stress injuries from sitting or standing postures that are held for several hours a day
- Migraines, cluster headaches, tension headaches, sinus headaches
- Temporomandibular joint and muscle disorder
- Strains and sprains (after inflammation has gone down)
- Low back pain
- Radiating pain
- Post-surgical scar tissue (with doctor's approval)
- Frozen shoulder
What to expect at a visit
There are no typical therapeutic massages routines. Your massage therapist will tailor the massage to your needs, depending on the areas of issue.
When you first call to make your appointment, it's important to explain to the massage therapist what you would like worked on. So talk to the therapist about what has been going on. For example, why did your doctor recommend you have a therapeutic massage? If the massage therapist is unfamiliar with your issues you may be referred to a colleague who can better serve you.
Your therapist may have soft lighting and music playing, just like with a relaxation massage. Instead of a whole-body treatment, however, a therapeutic massage session usually will focus on your area of concern for an extended time.
If you schedule a 60-minute massage, the massage therapist will dedicate more time to your areas of concern. Other muscle groups may be worked on that are not your primary issue, too.
Should you receive massage therapy as part of your therapeutic treatment at your chiropractor's office or physical therapy clinic, you may receive something we call spot work. This is when the massage therapist works on your area of concern for a shorter period of time — about 15 minutes. Spot work will work to complement the treatment given by the other practitioners.
Your massage therapist may incorporate stretches into the treatment plan. Should this be the case, you may be asked to wear loose-fitting clothing or active wear to the appointment.
Different from a relaxation massage
The massage work may feel deeper than a relaxation massage. You also may experience more tenderness as the therapist works through the tissue. It is important to let your therapist know if the pressure feels too deep or uncomfortable. Don't be afraid to communicate.
The therapist may use various techniques during your treatment session. Depending on their training they may incorporate deep-tissue massage, myofascial release, trigger point work, various movement therapies, and passive and resistive stretching techniques.
A therapeutic massage can greatly benefit your overall well-being. The more focused work can help decrease your pain and increase your range of motion, making it easier to function in your world.
Benefits of Massage
Sure, lying in a tranquil room in a relaxed atmosphere on a massage table with the lights dimmed, candles lit in the background and the essence of lavender piercing through the warm air sounds like the perfect way to end the day on a good note, however, the purpose of massages is not just for relaxation. It carries many medicinal benefits too. The practice of using touch as a healing method derives from customs and techniques rooted in ancient history. Eastern and Western Civilizations found that massages could heal injuries, relieve pain, reduce stress, prevent and cure illnesses. Massages can even promote the release of the built-up toxins in your body causing numerous health problems.
Below are the top 12 medicinal benefits of massages…
- Chronic Pain
People with chronic pain often turn to massage therapy to help naturally improve their quality of life. Massage can increase a person's serotonin level, which causes the body to reduce pain naturally. Around 35 percent of all people who receive massages experience less pain associated with stiffness, soreness, injuries and chronic health conditions. Massages have been found to effectively relax muscles and stiff joints. Massages also reduce fibromyalgia symptoms. Fibromyalgia is a chronic syndrome characterized by generalized pain, joint rigidity, intense fatigue, sleep alterations, headache and muscle spasms. One study by the University of Miami School of Medicine found that massage therapy helped people with fibromyalgia feel more relaxed and helped with tender point pain and decreased their levels of substance P (a substance that sends pain signals around your body).
- Back Pain
When the Canadian Medical Association Journal looked at different solutions for chronic lower back pain, the researchers found that massage was the most effective treatment for reducing back pain.
Massage therapy has been recommended for diabetes for over 100 years, helping to restore proper use of insulin, and lowering inflammation.
- Reduces Depression, Anxiety & Fatigue
Massage therapy has been shown to help lower stress, eliminate depression and improve fatigue. Studies have found that the presence of depression is often triggered by active and chronic pain and that depression alone leads to muscle tension and pain which can be very painful to live with on a daily basis.
- Arthritis Pain
A massage that involves applying light pressure to your joints and the tiny pressure receptors under your skin could help ease your arthritis pain. Massage can increase blood flow to your joints and boost your circulation throughout your body, which could help increase your mobility and flexibility.
- Relieves Headaches
Massage on a regular basis helps the relax and de-stress the body. This alternative method reduces the chances of experiencing migraine attacks and tension headaches significantly by relaxing muscle spasms and trigger points. It can also ease the pressure brought on during a migraine or tension-related headaches. By focusing on the neck, shoulders, and head, massage can decrease the pain and discomfort brought on by a migraine or tension headaches.
- Can Help Lower High Blood Pressure & Improve Blood Circulation
Massages can enhance blood flow, lower blood pressure and improve body function. Better blood circulation is part of the chain reaction that occurs in the body as a result of receiving massage therapy on a regular basis.
- Improve Flexibility
Massage can stimulate the production of the body's natural lubricants to keep flexibility at a maximum. By working on muscles, connective tissues, tendons, ligaments, and joints, massages can improve your flexibility and range of motion, keeping your joints more fluid and making them less injury prone.
- Enhances Athletic Performance
Certain types of massages including sports massages are specifically designed to enhance athletic performance. It's common today for athletes to receive massages at the arenas or training sites to help establish blood flow and to warm up muscles prior to a game or an event.
- Improves ADHD
Massages have been found to be effective for treating ADHD. In a recent study, ADHD adolescents who took ten massage treatment classes for two weeks rated themselves as more content than those in comparison who participated in recreation therapy. Researchers found that the patients with ADHD were less squirmy, and teachers of noticed more on-task behavior when compared with the recreation therapy group.
- Helps with Insomnia
Massage can increase serotonin levels, which can naturally help individuals to experience a good night sleep.
Massages are becoming increasingly more and more popular as people are realizing the power medicinal benefits that massages have to offer. Unlike medications, massages have no long or short-term side-effects. Not only does it feel good, it can improve your health and quality of life.
Sitting in front of a computer all day or standing on your feet enduring hour of manual labor can cause tension in the neck and back. This can result in poor posture. Massages can help the body to reinforce healthy and natural movements. Your muscles can relax and loosen with a massage and allow your body to position itself in a natural pain-free posture.
Originally published at thecompleteherbalguide.com
— Published on September 6, 2017